August 2019

In August we were treated to a wonderful and comprehensive presentation from Max Smith on The Indian Mutiny of 1857.

Mr Smith took us through the circumstances which gave rise to the mutiny and then recounted the events which unfolded, including the Siege of Lucknow.

The presentation utilised a range of documents including prints, photographs, books and maps, as well as a detailed supporting range of philatelic items including some hard to find postal history. A number of these letters contained graphic accounts of the bloody action and massacres in this period

The uprising resulted in the winding up of the East India Company and the British Government taking direct control of the country.

The display had some fascinating and very rare material, all in near perfect condition, which even the museums would love to have.

Our Chairman gave a vote of thanks and confirmed that the afternoon was extremely entertaining and educational and praised the wonderful material on display.